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PUBG Mobile, 117 more apps banned in India: See the full list here

The MeitY press statement says that in the view of the emergent nature of threats these 118 apps have been blocked.
The MeitY press statement says that in the view of the emergent nature of threats these 118 apps have been blocked. (Pixabay)

This new list of 118 apps that have been banned by the Indian goverment include the likes of PUBG Mobile, PUBG Mobile Lite, Ludo World and Baidu amongst others. 

The Indian government has banned 118 more mobile apps today that are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India and security of state and public order”. 

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) issued a press statement today where it invoked its power under section 69A of the IT Act read with the relevant provisions of the IT (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 to block these apps. 

The press statement says that in the view of the emergent nature of threats these 118 apps have been blocked. According to the statement, MeitY has received “many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India”. 

“The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” the statement adds. 

Here's the full list of the apps banned: 

 

APUS Launcher Pro- Theme, Live Wallpapers, Smart

CamCard - Business Card Reader

Tencent Weiyun

Chess Rush

Message Lock (SMS Lock)-Gallery Vault Developer Team

Cleaner - Phone Booster

Web Browser - Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer

Carrom Friends : Carrom Board & Pool Game-

Kitty Live - Live Streaming & Video Live Chat

Murderous Pursuits 

APUS Launcher- Theme, Call Show, Wallpaper, HideApps

CamCard Business

Pitu

PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik

Hide App-Hide Application Icon

Web Browser & Fast Explorer

Web Browser - Secure Explorer

Ludo All Star- Play Online Ludo Game & Board Games

Malay Social Dating App to Date & Meet Singles

Tencent Watchlist (Tencent Technology) 

APUS Security -Antivirus, Phone security, Cleaner

CamCard for Salesforce

WeChat Work

PUBG MOBILE LITE

AppLock

Video Player All Format for Android

Music player - Audio Player

Bike Racing : Moto Traffic Rider Bike Racing Games

Alipay

Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese 

APUS Turbo Cleaner 2020- Junk Cleaner, Anti-Virus

CamOCR

Cyber Hunter

Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade

AppLock Lite

Photo Gallery HD & Editor

Video Player - All Format HD Video Player

Rangers Of Oblivion : Online Action MMO RPG Game

AlipayHK

HUYA LIVE – Game Live Stream 

APUS Flashlight-Free & Bright

InNote

Cyber Hunter Lite

Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon

Dual Space - Multiple Accounts & App Cloner

Photo Gallery & Album

Lamour Love All Over The World

Z Camera - Photo Editor, Beauty Selfie, Collage

Mobile Taobao

Little Q Album 

Cut Cut – Cut Out & Photo Background Editor

VooV Meeting - Tencent Video Conferencing

Knives Out- No rules, just fight!

Dank Tanks

ZAKZAK Pro - Live chat & video chat online

Music Player - Bass Booster - Free Download

Amour- video chat & call all over the world.

GO SMS Pro - Messenger, Free Themes, Emoji

Youku

Fighting Landlords - Free and happy Fighting Landlords

Baidu

Super Clean - Master of Cleaner, Phone Booster

Super Mecha Champions

Warpath

ZAKZAK LIVE: live-streaming & video chat app

HD Camera - Beauty Cam with Filters & Panorama

MV Master - Make Your Status Video & Community

U-Dictionary: Oxford Dictionary Free Now Translate

Road of Kings- Endless Glory

Hi Meitu

Baidu Express Edition

WeChat reading

LifeAfter

Game of Sultans

Music - Mp3 Player

HD Camera Pro & Selfie Camera

MV Master - Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor

Ulike - Define your selfie in trendy style

Sina News

Mobile Legends: Pocket

FaceU - Inspire your Beauty

Government WeChat

Dawn of Isles

Gallery Vault - Hide Pictures And Videos

Music Player - Audio Player & 10 Bands Equalizer

Music Player - MP3 Player & 10 Bands Equalizer

APUS Message Center-Intelligent management 

Tantan - Date For Real

Netease News 

VPN for TikTok

ShareSave by Xiaomi: Latest gadgets, amazing deals

Small Q brush

Ludo World-Ludo Superstar

Smart AppLock (App Protect) 

HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera

Gallery HD

LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers

MICO Chat: New Friends Banaen aur Live Chat karen

Penguin FM

Penguin E-sports Live assistant

Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices

Beauty Camera Plus - Sweet Camera & Face Selfie

Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC

AFK Arena

Crusaders of Light NetEase Games

Onmyoji NetEase Games

Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded

Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games

Rules of Survival

 

iPick

Parallel Space Lite - Dual App

MARVEL Super War NetEase Games

Creative Destruction NetEase Games

Mafia City Yotta Games 

Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games

Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games

Soul Hunters

  

The MeitY press statement adds that the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps. 

And there have been similar “bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India”  the statement mentions adding that there has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of citizens.

MeitY said that on the basis of these warnings and complaints, along with receiving credible inputs that the information posted, permissions sought, functionality embedded as well as data harvesting practices in these apps raise serious concerns that they are collecting and sharing data in a surreptitious manner and compromising on personal data and information of users that can have a severe threat to security of the country. 

Use of these apps have been blocked on both mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices. 

“This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace,” the press statement said. 

These new list of apps joins the 59 apps the government banned in June that included the very popular TikTok. Following that, 47 apps which were ‘lite’ versions of the previously banned 59 apps were also banned. 

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